2.1 (L1) Host must run software that has not reached End of General Support status


The "End of General Support" (EOGS) status indicates that the software version has exceeded its primary support lifecycle, during which VMware provides new security patches, bug fixes, and technical assistance. When a product reaches this status, VMware no longer releases security updates for that version for customers outside of an extended support contract. Thus, systems still running software past its EOGS are potentially exposed to unpatched vulnerabilities and other security risks.

Running software beyond its EOGS can compromise the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of virtual environments. Keeping VMware ESXi software versions within the support period ensures that organizations have access to the latest security patches, critical updates, and vendor support.

NOTE: Nessus has not performed this check. Please review the benchmark to ensure target compliance.



Failing to update and maintain software versions within the support period can lead to potential security breaches, data losses, and reduced operational efficiency, as the software might become incompatible with newer technologies and lack support for emerging security threats.

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References: 800-53|SA-22, CSCv7|2.2

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